1992 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 300CE
Here's our 1992 Mercedes 300CE Sportline coupe. I bought this from the second owner about 6 years ago. What made this car the one to purchase was the following criteria: Southern California car, color combination, condition, few owners, original paint, always garaged, Sportline optioned (very few of these cars. They are outfitted with the larger wheels, faster steering rack, bigger stabilizer bars and lowered suspension). With a Sportline car, you are basically going to get the car fully optioned. This car is only missing the rear window electric shade (which I have since then purchased, but not installed. It will be included in the sale).Since the initial purchase, I have replaced quite a few things to bring the vehicle up to near-new running condition and into the 21st century. Updates to make the car a better fit in today's world are the following: I replaced the original Becker radio with a Blaupunkt unit that includes Bluetooth and USB music input. This allows the owner to insert a USB stick into the connector installed in the glovebox; allows the owner to pair a mobile phone to the system and use hands-free communication and looks well-suited in the dash. I also replaced the front dash speakers with a factory-fit set from Rainbow that are true 2-way coaxial speakers, as well as adding a JL subwoofer/amplifier in the trunk that is completely removable if the space is needed. The sound system is fantastic at this point. The interior rear-view mirror was another item I replaced with a mirror specifically built for the W124 cars that offers automatic dimming, a compass and has 3 Homelink programmable buttons on it. Great upgrade.On the outside, I replaced the original headlight/turn signal configuration with the glass european headlights and clear corner markers. I even installed the adjustable headlight switch assembly inside the car so the headlight aim can be adjusted for cargo load. Something the US cars were never offered with. I removed the headlight wipers as I believe they clutter the car. Around back, I installed lightly smoked taillights, similar to how the later Mercs were done.With regards to service, what comes to mind is the automatic transmission and the torque converter, fuel injectors, entire ignition system as well as the ignition computer, coil and flywheel pickup. Other items would be air and fuel filters, the fuel pump check valves and sensors. The original transmission was slow to engage reverse and was over-speeding slightly during shifts, so it was replaced. I will have to say, replacing the transmission with a new unit was a major performance and shift pattern enhancement. I have also replaced the brakes, obviously changed fluids and a handful of hoses.The car drives as it should. It looks fantastic. Paint is in excellent original condition. Interior is flawless. Everything is functional, including the seatbelt presenters (as seen in one of the photos). All the original parts (headlights, taillights, headlight wipers, Becker stereo, etc) are available and will go with the car.